vSphere 6: Install, Configure, Manage

Track Room Location: Heritage Hall 139

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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size and forms the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.


  • System administration experience (or understanding) on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Understanding of basic networking

All attendees will be provided with an e-book copy of VAP-EN-VSICM6-KIT, VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [6.0] – English Kit.

An orientation webinar on dowloading and accessing the e-book will be scheduled for 12:00noon Central, Thursday, July 7.


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John Vail is a Professor in the Department of Network Engineering Technology housed in the Advanced Technology Center at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Fl. He is a Subject Matter Expert with the Cyber Security & Information Systems Information Analysis Center, and most recent speaking engagements were the 2012 North American IPv6 Summit in Denver, CO, the 24th & 25th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, E-LEARN 2013 - World Conference on E-Learning, 2014 Winter ICT Educator Conference, and EdMedia 2015 - World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (where he received an Outstanding Paper award). He was the Primary Investigator on iNoVATE – A Network Virtualization Project grant awarded by the National Science Foundation, and is Co-PI on iNOVATE-X (NSF ATE iNoVATE-Expansion Project that creates courses to align to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification, along with two additional courses: Virtual Internship and Virtual Capstone), and was a Cyber team member on the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Train­ing (TAACCCT) Department of Labor grant. Additional research interests include big data analytics, cloud/ virtualization, eLearning, and student engagement. John graduated from East Carolina University with an M.S. in Technology Systems with dual concentrations in Information Security and Computer Networking Management and recently completed over 30 hours of PhD level coursework in eLearning. His master’s thesis is titled: “Small Business Information Security”. Mr. Vail also has over 20 years of experience as a project and operations manager.

Three Objectives

1. To be able to describe vCenter Server architecture
2. How to use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
3. How to configure and manage a vSphere infrastructure with the VMware vSphere® Web Client


1. Course Introduction
Introductions and course logistics
Course objectives
References and resources
2. Software-Defined Data Center
Introduce components of the software-defined data center
Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
Install and use vSphere Client
Overview of ESXi
3. Creating Virtual Machines
Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
Create and work with virtual machines and templates

4. vCenter Server
Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
Use vSphere Web Client
Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
Describe, create, and manage standard switches
Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups

6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
Introduce storage protocols and storage device types
Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI and NFS storage
Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
Introduce VMware Virtual SAN™
Introduce Virtual Volumes
7. Virtual Machine Management
Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
Modify and manage virtual machines
Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
Create vApps
Introduce the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
8. Resource Management and Monitoring
Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
Configure and manage resource pools
Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
Use various tools to monitor resource usage
Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
Identify and troubleshoot virtual machine resource issues
Introduce vRealize Operations Manager for data center monitoring and management

9. vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance
Explain the vSphere HA architecture
Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
Introduce vSphere Replication
Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data
10. Host Scalability
Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster
Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity
11. vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance
Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
Create patch baselines
Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
Scan and remediate hosts

12. Installing vSphere Components
Install ESXi
Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
Discuss installation of vCenter Server Appliance and a vCenter Server instance
Demonstrate vCenter Server installation


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